US History Timeline

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In History
  • Aug 3, 1492

    The Discovery of America by Columbus

    The Discovery of America by Columbus
    Christopher Columbus led three ships to sail to Asia, instead of this, he found America.
  • The Settlement of Jamestown

    This was Americas first English colony.
  • The French and Indian War

    This war was to decide if the French and Indian allies would claim North America or the English and Indian allies would claim North America. In the end, the English claimed the land.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    Members of The Sons of Liberty dumped boxes of tea into the Boston Harbor as a protest against the tea act.
  • The Battle of Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary war.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The main purpose of the Declaration of Independence is to declare the separation of the colonies from Britain.
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The American and French troops cornered the British troops in Yorktown, and eventually the British surrendered.
  • The Constitutional Convention

    The official purpose of the Constitutional Convention was to amend the Articles of Confederation since they decided it was not good enough for the new nation.
  • The invention of the cotton gin

    The cotton gin was created by American inventor Eli Whitney. This is important because it created a cash crop for the south and revived the institution of slavery.
  • The Alien and Sedition Acts

    These laws included new powers to deport foreigners as well as making it harder for new immigrants to vote.
  • The Louisiana Purchase

    This was important because the United States was able to get so much land for cheap resulted in new states and growing the US overall.
  • The War of 1812

    The War of 1812 was started because of the trade restrictions that Great Britain had put on the US.
  • The Missouri Compromise

    The purpose of the Missouri Compromise was to keep a balance between the number of slave states and the number of free states in the Union.
  • Andrew Jackson’s Election

    This is special because Andrew was the first common man to become President.
  • The invention of the telegraph

    The invention of the telegraph made it so you could have long-distance communication. It was developed by Samual Morse and other inventors.
  • The Trail of Tears

    Over 16,000 Native Americans marched over 1,200 miles of rugged land. Over 4,000 of these Indians died of disease, famine, and warfare. The Indian tribe was called the Cherokee and we call this event the Trail of Tears.
  • The Panic of 1837

    This was a financial crisis in the US that resulted in profits, wages, and prices going down and unemployment going up.
  • The Mexican-American War

    The main causes of this war between Mexico and America was the westward expansion and slavery.
  • The Compromise of 1850

    From this compromise between the south and the north, the south gained by the strengthening of the fugitive slave law, the north gained a new free state, California.
  • The Firing on Fort Sumter

    Early in the morning of April 12, 1861, Confederate guns around the harbor opened fire on Fort Sumter.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation

    President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
  • 13th, 14th, 15th Amendments

    The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, known collectively as the Civil War Amendments, were designed to ensure equality for recently emancipated slaves.
  • Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

    The battle at Appomattox Courthouse was the last battle of the civil war resulting in the South surrendering.
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

    Lincoln was assassinated by being shot in the head by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln died the next morning.
  • Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment

    The impeachment of Andrew Johnson was initiated on February 24, 1868, when the United States House of Representatives resolved to impeach Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States, for "high crimes and misdemeanors", which were detailed in 11 articles of impeachment.
  • The Organization of Standard Oil Trust

    The Standard Oil Trust was formed in 1863 by John D. Rockefeller. He built up the company through 1868 to become the largest oil refinery firm in the world. In 1870, the company was renamed Standard Oil Company, after which Rockefeller decided to buy up all the other competition and form them into one large company.
  • The Pullman and Homestead Strikes

    The Homestead and Pullman Strikes. ... Two major labor strikes were the Homestead Strike and the Pullman Strike. Homestead Strike happened in Homestead, Pennsylvania. The workers from Carnegie mills went on strike because Andrew Carnegie, the head of the Carnegie Steel Company, refused to increase the wages.
  • The Spanish-American War

    The Spanish–American War was an armed conflict between Spain and the United States in 1898.
  • Theodore Roosevelt becomes president

    The Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt began on September 14, 1901, when Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States upon the assassination and death of President William McKinley and ended on March 4, 1909.
  • The invention of the electric light, telephone, and airplane

    This was a big-time in technology as we were cutting down on costs by using electricity, being able to communicate easier with people, and with being able to travel faster and easier.